Gardening is an exciting craft and science, both at the same time.
Gardening is an exciting craft and science, both at the same time. Plants take up air light and water to grow, and they do a lot of work for us in return. So growing plants is yet another way to live in harmony with nature. Starting a garden from scratch might not be very easy, but it is not impossible. It requires a lot- starting from taming the soil, planting seeds, protection against the pest, finding a good backpack sprayer and the list goes on. So let’s look into the steps of building a garden from absolute scratch.
Step 1- Start with a clear canvas
Yes, you always need to start with a clear and clean canvas. Whether it is applying makeup on your face or starting a garden, go and make the canvas clear first. Clear the place by removing unwanted grass, bushes, weeds, etc. If you are starting a garden on the lawn, then there is not much of work. However, that is not the case always. You might have an open land with overgrown pasture that must be recovered first to start making a garden, which is a tougher job that calls for long hours of work.
Step 2- Prep the soil
The soil is the foundation of a plant, and they take a lot out of soil for their growth. So for the plants to grow healthy, the soil must be good and fertile. Take a soil test to know the condition of the soil at your place. The pH level must not be too low or high or else it will affect the growth of plants. The soil must not be high in clay content otherwise; it can lead to drainage block issues. Soil that is rich in organic matter is very rich in essential nutrients required for plant growth. You can use a compost heap to feed the soil with household debris so as to make it rich enough.
Step 3- Choosing the plants and actually planting them
Before selecting plants, you need to fix a place for them. Choosing what to plant and where to plant is imperative as some plants go well with particular climatic conditions. Some would require more sunlight, and some would not need that much light, some wouldn’t need alkaline soil and so on. You also need to choose plants based on the climatic condition of the place you live. If you are residing in a seaside area, you have to choose plants that can tolerate salt. If you garden is in a sunny area, selecting plants that can tolerate sunlight will lead to the healthy growth of plants.
Step 4- Weed prevention and pest control
Weeds are invasive plants that compete with other plants for food, moisture, and light. You have to keep away weeds and pests for the healthy growth of the plants in your garden. If you are planting shrubs in your garden, you can lay landscape fabric to prevent weeds before actually planting.
You can make holes in the fabric to keep the shrubs. Once you start growing plants in your garden, pest challenges come up instantly. It is not possible to keep off pest from your garden entirely. However, you can take some measures of pest control to avoid significant pest damages. First of all, if you know that the area has a high infection of particular kind of pest, select plants that are resistant to those pest groups. If you see rabbits coming to your garden, then fence it to prevent them entering the garden. You can use a good backpack sprayer to spray chemicals to keep off pests. In most of the cases, you have to make adjustments as the need arises.
Initially, everybody raves about making a beautiful garden, but after a couple of years, the enthusiasm you have in the beginning starts to fade out. Gardening is an art which takes a lot of time, knowledge and moreover, you need to improve the gardening techniques over the time. Keep learning on the go and maintain an organized routine so as to make your garden beautiful and healthy all the time.
You can start a garden even if you don’t know much about plants. However, to maintain the garden in a right way, you have to learn about plants. Observe your plants, their growth and understand what is right for them and what is not. Plants are also part of this green planet, and they contribute a lot to us, so they require more care and attention.
Dianne Lamp is the author of this article.
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